ex·​pe·​di·​ence | \ik-ˈspē-dē-ən(t)s \

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the proven expedience of the carrot over the stick in getting the most out of people

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Clinton is now roundly criticized by progressive Democrats for having pushed an overhaul of the welfare system purely for reasons of political expedience. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018 Like the dueling versions of his fictional counterpart, Amasa, known as A.C. in his hometown of Monroeville, Ala., alternated between high-minded principle and moral expedience, as most humans do. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "‘Atticus Finch: The Biography’ Review: The Writer, Her Father and Atticus Finch," 10 May 2018 Orbán’s turn to nativism, in many ways, originated in political expedience. William Galston, The New Republic, "How Hungary explains Europe’s retreat from democracy," 17 May 2018 Travelers enjoy turning cameras on themselves to capture unique expediences. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "At the Grand Canyon, squirrel selfies can be dangerous to your health," 17 May 2018 True, Springfield is not known for much action of any kind lately, but expedience is a safe bet to win out in the end. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "Morality a non-factor as Illinois, others weigh sports betting," 14 May 2018 Machines are tweaked for very high tilt sensitivity in tournament play for the sake of expedience, and so luck plays an even bigger factor than normal when the stakes are higher. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "The First Family of pinball: Meet the local wizards behind the game's huge resurgence," 3 May 2018 Romney is hardly the first candidate to change allegiances or jump on a bandwagon in the name of political expedience. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Mitt Romney wore his sport costume to watch his new favorite team," 24 Apr. 2018 The dad-style approach offers more than expedience. Abigail Shrier, WSJ, "‘Knock It Off’ and ‘Shake It Off’: The Case for Dad-Style Parenting," 12 Mar. 2018

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1548, in the meaning defined above

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